From the Principal's Desk

January 23, 2020

Greetings,

    Report Cards come home today!  Please take time to discuss your child’s report card with them.  It is important for you to share their success and to encourage them.  If your child is doing great, can they help another child in the classroom?  Do they see God as the provider of every good and perfect gift, even report cards?  With the end of the quarter comes Parent Teacher Conferences!  Remember, these conferences are optional and are intended to allow you time with only the teacher you may want to communicate.  Teacher’s too, will schedule conferences with parents they would like to communicate, so, please click on the link to our schedule for next Wednesday and Thursday.

    On Jan. 7th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Ben Rank. Mr. Rank is currently the Principal at Madison Eastside.  Mr. Rank continues to consider our call.  Please ask the Lord to guide Mr. Rank and to provide leadership for St. John’s into the future.  Pastor Bitter also continues to consider the call he received to Sparta, WI.  Watch for more information and please include both men in your prayers.

     Tomorrow afternoon, we will have our school competition for the National Geography Bee.  We took a placement test and the top 34 students in grades 5-8 will face off tomorrow at 1pm.  Want to see how you would do?  Come and have a seat on the bleachers with the students and enjoy the competition.  The winner will then compete through an online test for a seat at the state GeoBee.

     Monday, we have a Spelldown for placement at the Regional Spelling competition.  We will post the results of both academic competitions next week.

DID YOU RECEIVE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR K3, K4 AND K5?

      Members of St. John’s have preference over all other applicants until the Open House scheduled for February 9th.  Members of Grace and currently enrolled families also receive preference.  Families for K5 next year should also receive information and a return post card by next week.  Please contact the office if we somehow missed you.

     If you are a member of Grace, please help us make sure we get information to all your church families.  We are continuing our K4 Extension program this year.  Students in the three-day or five-day program can extend into the afternoon with a K4 teacher.  We have also added a STEM curriculum, check us out!

     Pay school tuition with money that is free of state taxes!  Check out the information later in this newsletter.

Praise God for His Epiphany Blessings!

~Mr. Uecker~



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January 16, 2020

Greetings,

    Tomorrow is the end of the 2nd Quarter so report cards will come out next Thursday. With the end of the quarter comes Parent Teacher Conferences!  Remember, these conferences are optional and are intended to allow you time with only the teacher you may want to communicate.  Teacher’s too, will schedule conferences with parents they would like to communicate, so, please check the schedule after it is published.

    On Jan. 7th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Ben Rank. Mr. Rank is currently the Principal at Madison Eastside.  He has served there for six years and before that he was principal at Kiel, WI.  He is 42 years old, married and has four school age children.  His wife is also a teacher at Eastside.  Mr. Rank has a Master’s Degree in educational school leadership.  Please ask the Lord to guide Mr. Rank and to provide leadership for St. John’s into the future.  This week Pastor Bitter received a call to Sparta, WI.  Watch for more information and please include both men in your prayers.

     This is the time of the year for academic competition as well as sports competition.  We will participate in a Conference Spelling Bee, Forensics competition, a Math Track Meet and a Geography Bee.  Stay tuned for our school winners who will represent us in the next step up!

DID YOU RECEIVE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR K3, K4 AND K5?

      Members of St. John’s have preference over all other applicants until the Open House scheduled for February 9th.  Members of Grace and currently enrolled families also receive preference.  We send this information now, so current students may enroll before we add new families.  Families for K5 next year should also receive information and a return post card by next week.  Please contact the office if we somehow missed you.

     If you are a member of Grace, please help us make sure we get information to all your church families.  We rely on word-of-mouth to help assure we contact all who are interested     We are continuing our K4 Extension program this year.  Students in the three-day or five-day program can extend into the afternoon with a K4 teacher.  Information will be included in the mailings.  We have also added a STEM curriculum, check us out!

     Pay school tuition with money that is free of state taxes!  Check out the information later in this newsletter.

Praise God for His Epiphany Blessings!

~Mr. Uecker~



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January 9, 2020

Greetings,

     On Jan. 7th the congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Ben Rank. Mr. Rank is currently the Principal at Madison Eastside.  He has served there for six years and before that he was principal at Kiel, WI.  He is 42 years old, married and has four school age children.  His wife is also a teacher at Eastside.  Mr. Rank has a Master’s Degree in educational school leadership.  Please ask the Lord to guide Mr. Rank and to provide leadership for St. John’s into the future.  Also, Pastor Schroeder has returned his call to serve as the President of Crown of Life Christian Academy in Fort Atkinson. 

  We are a week away from the end of the quarter and we have a new way to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences!  I am sure you have all done something like this for other activities in your life.  Please read below for instructions and the link.  Remember, these conferences are optional and are intended to allow you time with only the teacher you may want to communicate.  Teacher’s too, will schedule conferences with parents they would like to communicate, so, please check the schedule after it is published.

DID YOU RECEIVE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR K3, K4 AND K5?

     The enrollment information should arrive this week.  Please talk with those you know who might be interested in attending St. John’s Childcare, Preschool or Kindergarten and make sure they have the paperwork to enroll.  Members of St. John’s have preference over all other applicants until the Open House scheduled for February 9th.  Members of Grace and currently enrolled families also receive preference.  We send this information now, so current students may enroll before we add new families.  Families for K5 next year should also receive information and a return post card by next week.  Please contact the office if we somehow missed you.

     If you are a member of Grace, please help us make sure we get information to all your church families.  We rely on word-of-mouth to help assure we contact all who are interested. We have a K4 Extension program this year.  Students in the three-day or five-day program can extend into the afternoon with a K4 teacher.  Information will be included in the mailings.  We have also added a STEM curriculum, check us out!

     Pay school tuition with money that is free of state taxes!  Check out the information later in this newsletter.

Praise God for His Epiphany Blessings!

~Mr. Uecker~



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December 19, 2019

Greetings,

     We will practice for the Christmas service Monday morning at WLHS so please make plans for transportation to drop off (8:45) and pick up (11:45) at WLHS.  There will be no High school students in session that day. 

     Tuesday, Dec. 24th, our K5-8 Christmas service will be at WISCO.  We hope this arrangement provides parking and seating that is conducive to your family and friends who come to share Christmas.  We want to share the Christmas story with as many people as we can, share an invitation! The doors at WISCO will open at 3pm, the service will be at 4pm.  There will be preservice student music that we hope will enhance our service. 

     Teachers, staff, and I want to extend to you, sincere wishes for a Christ-centered and joyous Christmas celebration. May you enjoy the special warmth and joy that comes from gathering with family and friends to observe your traditions and above all praising God for the gift of his Son, our Savior from sin.

     On Nov. 26th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Landon Zacharyasz.  Also, Pastor Schroeder has received a call to serve as the President of Crown of Life Christian Academy in Fort Atkinson.  Please keep these two men in your prayers and offer encouragement as you have opportunity.

     We have ordered thousands of dollars in scrip cards and would like to order more for you!  Please stop in the school office and participate.  We have lots of choices.

FROM OUR FACULTY,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS GENEROSITY.

Praise God for His Christmas Blessing!

~Mr. Uecker~



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December 12, 2019

Greetings,

     On Saturday, our ChildcareK3 and K4 classes will share their Christmas service at 9:00am at church.  It looks like the weather will cooperate for easy travel for grandparents and friends.  An invitation is a great way to share the Christmas message.  See you there.

     A week from next Tuesday, Dec. 24th, our K5-8 Christmas service will be at WISCO.  We hope this arrangement provides parking and seating that is conducive to your family and friends who come to share Christmas.  We want to share the Christmas story with as many people as we can, share an invitation! The doors at WISCO will open at 3pm, the service will be at 4pm.  There will be preservice student music that we hope will enhance our service.  We will practice for this service Monday morning, Dec. 23rd, at WLHS so please make plans for transportation to drop off (8:45) and pick up (11:45) at WLHS.  There will be no high school students in session that day. 

     On Nov. 26th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Landon Zacharyasz.  Mr. Zacharyasz is currently the Principal at Mt. Olive in Appleton, WI.  He has a master’s degree in Education and is married and with four children.  He has served nine years as a teacher and five years as a Principal in Appleton.  In a letter to our congregation acknowledging our call he requests your prayers.

     Also, Pastor Schroeder has received a call to serve as the President of Crown of Life Christian Academy in Fort Atkinson.  He, too, is looking for your prayers and encouragement.

     We have ordered thousands of dollars in scrip cards and would like to order more for you!  Please stop in the school office and participate.  We have lots of choices.

Praise God for His Advent

~Mr. Uecker~



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December 5, 2019

Greetings,

     Today, Mid-term Reports come home.  These progress reports are not part of the permanent record and are intended to allow you an occasion to discuss how things are going at school before a permanent grade is recorded.  It is a great opportunity to compliment excellent work and responsible behavior and urge continued effort.

     On Tuesday, Nov. 26th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Landon Zacharyasz.  Mr. Zacharyasz is currently the Principal at Mt. Olive in Appleton, WI.  He has a master’s degree in Education and is married and with three children.  He has served nine years as a teacher and five years as a Principal in Appleton.  In a letter to our congregation acknowledging our call he requests your prayers.

     Also, Pastor Schroeder has received a call to serve as the President of Crown of Life Christian Academy in Fort Atkinson.  He, too, is looking for your prayers and encouragement.

     Our congregation also elected new officers for the next year.  Mr Casey Holtz was elected Board of Education Chairman and Mr. Dan Young and Mr. Troy Schulz were elected to the board.  Please pray that God bless their leadership of St. John’s educational ministry.  Thank you, Mr. Greggs and Mr. Stauffer, for your service!

     This week we began celebrating Advent with Wednesday services and Fellowship Meals.  Please make time in your schedule to accompany your children to these worship services.  We also ask that you let us know if you have made any special arrangements for your child at these services.  We ask that you meet your child at school.  We are trying to avoid groups of students sitting together unsupervised, as the group behavior might become distracting to others as they worship.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

Praise God for His Advent

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 21, 2019

Greetings,

     Reminder, next week we have school Monday and Tuesday only.  Please take time to worship Wednesday night at 6:45 pm or Thursday at 10:00 am.  Enjoy your family and all the blessings the Lord has given through His church, our country and “sweet life” we lead.

     Please put Tuesday, Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to find a new principal for next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.  Please pray that God might grant us leadership through this call into the future of St. John’s educational ministry.  This night is also the congregation meeting to elect new officers for the coming year.  I want to thank outgoing Board of Ed chairman Pete Stauffer and Childcare Committee chair Adam Greggs.

     As your preparations for Thanksgiving build, please consider a special pause daily at bedtime for a “thank you” prayer for your children, and then again for yourself.  

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

     Students and parents, enjoy the opportunity to share your faith with students and parents of our companion schools and enjoy the competition as our teams compete in tournaments at Mt. Olive and Lamb of God.

Thank God for His Blessings

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 14, 2019

Greetings,

     Please put Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to find a new principal for next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.  Please pray that God might grant us leadership through this call into the future of St. John’s educational ministry. 

     Are your preparations for Thanksgiving starting to build?  Please consider a special pause daily at bedtime for a “thank you” prayer for your children, and then again for yourself.  Need a reminder?  Post Its work great.

     Did you receive our text?  You may need to go to the app and tell it to allow the message to come to your display.  If you did not receive the text, please call/email the office for assistance.  This is the additional way we will notify you of school closings or significant school activities.  So far, about 160 people have signed up for the text service.  We would expect about 200 if each family had at least one phone synced up.

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

     This weekend we start the Basketball season.  Students and parents, enjoy the opportunity to share your faith with students and parents of our companion schools and enjoy the competition.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 7, 2019

Greetings,

     Thank you for the time spent discussing student progress and report cards yesterday and today.  Especially in view of the weather, we appreciate your time and interest.

     Please put Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to be principal next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.     Mr. Hackbarth continues to consider the call he holds to Neenah.  Please keep him in your prayers that he might see where God can best use his talents. 

     This last Saturday was the Forensics competition for 7th and 8th graders.  Our school sent seven students to the competition.  Annabelle Nault, Morgan Festerling, Brody Ban, and Megan Dvorachek each had perfect scores for three judges and received gold medals.  Please read below to see how the other students did.  Wonderful effort from each of our representatives!

     Did you receive our text?  You may need to go to the app and tell it to allow the message to come to your display.  If you did not receive the text, please call/email the office for assistance.  This is the additional way we will notify you of school closings or significant school activities.

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 31, 2019

Greetings,

   Today is the day for report cards!  Also included with the reports today are the MAP results from the fall testing.  Please check with your child and review how the year is going.  We look forward to meeting with each family for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week Wednesday and Thursday.  We would be happy to answer any questions you have on either report.  The schedule for conferences will be attached to today’s Chronicle.

     Today is Reformation Day.  I want to encourage you to thank God in your personal prayers for church leaders like Martin Luther and then ask God that in the day your faith is challenged, you too will meet the challenge relying on God’s Word and Christ’s love.  One final thing, share your confidence with your children as part of your witness.

     Our Girl’s Cross-Country team won the National Competition Meet!!!! WOW Great work girls and coaches.  Thanks for representing us so successfully.  In fact, thank you to all the coaches of our fall sports program.  We can offer our students so many choices because of your efforts and support.  THANK YOU!

     Today, Wisco published their honor roll for the First Quarter.  We have 44 grads at WLHS and 27 of them (60%) made the honor roll.  Keep up the great work and thank the Lord for His blessings on you.

     This Saturday is the Forensics competition for 7th and 8th graders.  Next week, I plan to share the impressive results of the efforts of our students.

     Please keep Mr. Nate Schultz in your prayers as he deliberates the call we extended to be Principal next year.  Also, Mr. Keith Hackbarth has received a call to teach at our synod school in Neenah as their 6th grade teacher.  Please ask the Lord that he see where his service might best be used for God’s work.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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